Not everything in life goes as smoothly as you'd hope, including your digestion. Constipation can be caused from poor diet, lack of exercise or stress — three common things busy moms encouncter. A great fix for that is fiber, which you can find in most fruits and vegetables. Some are better than others and thanks to Huffington Post we've got the best foods and drinks to help you go.
1. Raspberries: All berries boast a mighty fine amount of fiber, but at eight grams per cup, raspberries stand out. Store a bag of the tart fruit in the freezer and whenever constipation strikes, add them to your fiber-tastic cereal or oatmeal. Enjoy raspberries as a healthy dessert with our simple Chocolate-Stuffed Raspberries recipe.
2. Coffee: You probably drink your routine morning cup to wake up; coffee's natural caffeine content stimulates your brain and prepares you to brace the day ahead. Besides that jolt, caffeine can also offer a laxative effect for some people. As HuffPost previously reported, it stimulates muscle contractions in the large intestines, making things flow. But be careful here: Too many cups will send you running to the bathroom and dealing with diarrhea. Sticking to two to three cups is your safest best.
3. Water: Dehydration is one of the most common reasons for constipation. If you're not drinking much water throughout the day, it's time to get on it. Be sure to drink even more when you work out, especially on hotter days. Not sure how much water your body needs? Find out here!
4. Oranges: Forgo your a.m. cup of juice for the whole fruit. A standard orange has a little more than 2 grams of fiber, while the juiced version contains little to none. Even more promising, a 2008 study found that naringenin, a compound found in citrus fruits, can have a laxative-like effect.
5. Prunes: Marketers have been trying to give prunes a more elegant reputation for years now, selling the fruit as "dried plum" in attempt to rid it of its reputation for constipation relief. But there's no shame in getting people back to regular. Prunes really do help you poop, thankfully, due to their high insoluble fiber content. Just one little prune contains a gram of fiber, which is pretty concentrated for such a small piece of food.
For the rest of the best poo-inducing foods, check out the original story on Huffington Post.